Monterrey Chicken Quesadillas

There was a time in my life when I loved Chili’s and ate there as often as possible. My favorite items on the menu were Southwestern eggrolls and Monterrey chicken. Now that we rarely go out to eat, I like duplicating those tastes at home. And the Monterrey chicken is so easy to reproduce.

As much as we all enjoy it in its original form, I like to play around with basics of the flavor and make it a little different. This recipe is a result of that. It has all of the original flavor but it’s packed into quesadillas and dipped in ranch dressing. So good! This variation is also a good option for stretching the chicken.


Monterrey Chicken Quesadillas

  • 1/2 lb. shredded or diced cooked chicken (I used one large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked in the oven)
  • 3/4 c. barbecue sauce (bottled or homemade)
  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 c. shredded cheese (I use Monterrey Jack, but anything would work)
  • 6 burrito-sized flour tortillas
  • Butter

1. Combine chicken and barbecue sauce. Set aside.

2. Dice the bacon and add to a small skillet. Cook until desired crispness. Remove bacon from skillet with a slotted spoon to drain.

3. Add the sliced onion to the bacon grease in the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes, until fully cooked. Remove onions with a slotted spoon and drain.

4. Build quesadillas – on a tortilla layer cheese, chicken, bacon, onion, more cheese and top with a second tortilla.


5.Cook quesadillas in a large skillet with melted butter.

18 thoughts on “Monterrey Chicken Quesadillas

  1. This looks great! I was just looking for something different to do with chicken and this will be perfect! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Mmmmm….those look good!! I’m making chicken flautas (sp?) later this week, and I sure hope they turn out well (I certainly have enough corn tortillas in my refrig right now!!). I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can get the details on my blog ( I hope you can join!! Thanks for a great blog!!

  3. I’m in love with this recipe. I wasn’t sure how all the ingredients would blend together but it was awesome! Every member of my family ate this (we have four children ranging in age from 9 to 1). The 1 year old loved it most out of all the kids. This is going into our meal rotation!

  4. I’m on bedrest and missed dinner last night so when I read this post, I was starving. Now that I’m allllmost 36 weeks, I’m getting stir crazy after nearly 2 months on bedrest.
    I couldn’t help myself–I made this recipe, and it was absolutely AMAZING!! My husband had already eaten dinner, but when he got home, he loved it just as much as I did!
    Definitely a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. These are delicious. I just came across your site about a week ago. This is the third recipe that I have tried. They all have been great.

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